Verizon takes part in National Cell Phone Recycling Week

Verizon Wireless is celebrating National Cell Phone Recycling Week by placing drop-off boxes in its 2,000 stores throughout the country. There are also other ways that cell phone users can trade in their old phones and help the environment.

According to Verizon, through its HopeLine program, electronic devises and accessories are collected and then refurbished or recycled. The program helps fund support for domestic violence victims through grants to local nonprofit organizations and shelters.

In the past 10 years, HopeLine has taken in more than 8 million phones. Such recycling programs help dispose electronics correctly and reduce electronic waste that results in inappropriate disposal at landfills.

Accessories for phones that can be recycled include batteries, cell phone chargers, cords and many other devices. Each time one purchases a new phone or chooses an upgrade, the older model can always be sent in for recycling.

Verizon is not the only company that offers recycling programs. However, it has a special feature with its free mailing labels that can be printed online. Thus, if one is unable to travel to a Verizon store, there are still easy and free ways to recycle old electronics.

"Supporting the community is a key initiative for Verizon Wireless. We encourage customers to use our easy recycling options this week and throughout the year to give new life to their old devices and help the environment at the same time," said Elva Lima, the executive director of community relations and multicultural communications at Verizon Wireless.

According to Green Technology World News, Verizon also has gift cards available for those who choose to recycle their old cell phones, tablets and other electronics.